Subject Expertise: People & Communities
IEN staff provide frequent assistance to environmental and civic nonprofits as well as to local governments. Strategic planning facilitation has been provided for numerous nonprofits. A few examples include the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, Western Virginia Land Trust, the Virginia Conservation Network, the Virginia Water Monitoring Council, the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center, the Blue Moon Fund, and the Archaeological Society of Virginia. Facilitation of public meetings that are anticipated to be difficult is another form of assistance. A few examples include a Culpeper... Continue reading →
(2003) In partnership with Laura Bachle of Confluence Consulting, Frank Dukes and Karen Firehock of IEN designed and offered training in mediation and group facilitation for the City of Baltimore Planning Department in Fall 2003. This initial training, offered over a period of three weeks,was part of a larger project to develop a mediation and consensus building capacity within the Department. The project was funded by the Maryland Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO), and the IEN-Confluence Consulting team was selected in response to a request for proposals. The project goals were as follows... Continue reading →
(2003-2004) Funded by a NAFCM grant to the Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution (VACCR) , IEN developed a training for community mediation centers and their experienced mediators to build their capacity to facilitate complex multi-party community issues. IEN conducted 2-day workshops for 8 centers in Virginia, and many of these centers implemented these skills to facilitate local community issues.
(1997-1998) IEN facilitated a series of meetings, including a stakeholder meeting, the official public hearing on a proposed draft rule, five days of meetings in Texas, a national meeting focused on public comment from state and Indian Nation representatives, and a series of meetings for the Section 403 regulations, to define \"hazard\" levels of lead content in lead-based paint, as well as in various other lead-containing substances.
(1994) IEN brought together the National Park Service, the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office, local officials, and residents to formulate a cohesive plan to revitalize St. Marys historic waterfront and to better accommodate visitors to Cumberland Island National Seashore.
(1999) IEN conducted a one-day training program, convened by the Resource Conservation & Development Council, on \"Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building\" for a variety of leaders on the Eastern Shore.
(1999) IEN conducted a one-day workshop/ strategic planning session for the board of the North Carolina Tobacco Control State Coalition. The focus of this session was on creating shared expectations for seeking higher ground in decision-making and resolving conflict among coalition members and leaders.
(1999) IEN worked with the Community Rights Council to conduct a two-day training for local government officials of the Charleston area Council of Governments on land use conflict resolution tools.
(1998) The EPA funded a project that created a partnership among the EPA, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), and the IEN, to examine the question of what is meant by the word \"sustainable.\" The IEN evaluated and computer-coded over 600 grant applications for the EPA Sustainable Development Challenge Grant for analysis by the ELI. The research aimed to elucidate what \"sustainable\" means to grant applicants, and what are common elements of community sustainability as perceived by communities throughout the United States. Can a better definition of community sustainability be developed... Continue reading →
(1998) IEN was asked to facilitate the Virginia Coastal Program's (VCP) first formal strategic planning effort, during which stakeholders were asked to take a fresh look at VCP priorities, at VCP structure, and at how to optimize the protection of coastal resources. This six-month process involved stakeholder interviews, research, meetings with agency stakeholders, and meetings with interest groups with environmental, economic, and local government interests. The IEN developed meeting summaries, an Issues Paper, a Primer on the Virginia Coastal Program, a Themes-Directions-Options paper, and... Continue reading →